tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5755618024908380510Thu, 17 Sep 2015 05:50:00 +0000LeadershipBishop's LogLet's TalkMessenger ArticlesDisciple-MakingQuotesAbout the AuthorsMentoringResourcesSermon StartersManuscriptsPCG Eye 2 EyeThy watchmen shall <b>lift up the voice</b>; with the voice <b>together</b> shall they sing:<br>for they shall see <b>eye 2 eye</b>, when the Lord shall bring again Zion.http://pcgeye2eye.net/noreply@blogger.com (PCG Eye 2 Eye)Blogger101125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5755618024908380510.post-9017170376415074033Mon, 14 Jul 2014 20:20:00 +00002014-07-14T15:23:09.200-05:00The Command is Go<strong><span style="font-family: inherit;">If you could address the PCG on the subject of missions, what would you say?</span></strong><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;"> </span><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;"></span><br /><div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">&nbsp;</span></div><span style="font-family: inherit;"></span><br /><div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">"The command has been to "Go," but we have stayed—in body, gifts, prayer and influence. He has asked us to be witnesses unto the uttermost parts of the earth—but 99% of Christians have kept puttering around in the homeland."</span></div><span style="font-family: inherit;"></span><br /><div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">&nbsp;</span></div><span style="font-family: inherit;"></span><br /><div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Supporting World Missions in the PCG is the most important thing any of us can do.&nbsp;It’s the commandment of Jesus. Unfortunately, many of us in the ministry have stayed!&nbsp;We have stayed in body, our giving has stayed, we don’t pray for our missionaries as we should, and we have failed to influence others to become a part of the bigger picture.&nbsp;We have grown accustomed to the homeland. I asked a pastor a few years back why his church did not support missions?&nbsp;He said, “The town where God placed me is my mission field.”&nbsp;His focus was small and obedience-limited; how sad.&nbsp;I had no response for him. I just felt sorrow because he was disobeying the commandment of our LORD to go into the entire world and preach the gospel.&nbsp;John Stott put it this way, "We must be global Christians with a global vision because our God is a global God."</span></div><span style="font-family: inherit;"></span><br /><div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">&nbsp;</span></div><strong><span style="font-family: inherit;">Share the experience of the church that sold Christmas trees and sent their proceeds to missions, and how you and your team found participating in that fundraiser rewarding?</span></strong><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;">&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;"> </span><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;"></span><br /><div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Pastor Chad Buttrey pastors Chowchilla Family Worship Center.&nbsp;This young man is doing great things for God.&nbsp;He is also serving as our fine district Kingsmen director and doing an unbelievable job.&nbsp;Every year Pastor Chad sells Christmas trees for his building fund, but this year was different.&nbsp;Chad called and told me God had been dealing with him to give all the proceeds from his trees to World Missions.&nbsp;I was speechless.&nbsp;I wanted to help; I mounted my motorcycle with some buddies and we sold trees all day for missions.&nbsp;You can’t even begin to imagine the joy my team felt that day in serving Pastor Chad.&nbsp; </span></div><span style="font-family: inherit;"></span><br /><div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">&nbsp;</span></div><span style="font-family: inherit;"></span><br /><div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">We sat down for lunch after the trees were all sold. You should know that I bought lunch that day when he handed me a check for $10,000.00 to go to the mission field.&nbsp;Chad’s church has moved up in the kingdom of God, following the words of Jesus to “Go!”&nbsp;His church moved into the top ten in our district some years back, and now his church is 2nd in our district and 4th in the nation for 2013.&nbsp;I can tell you this—God is going to bless his homeland!&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></div><span style="font-family: inherit;"></span><br /><div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">&nbsp;</span></div><span style="font-family: inherit;"><strong>Tell me about fixing bicycles for kids at a local church event.</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;">&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;"> </span><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;"></span><br /><div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">As bishop, I travel across our district to get involved with outreach ministry. Even with my extremely busy schedule, I do about five outreaches a year. I went down to Hanford, CA where Bobby Guerra is pastor to help his church with a huge outreach endeavor.&nbsp;Many local churches were teaming up for this big event.&nbsp;I told Pastor Bobby, “When I get there you had better have a job for me.”&nbsp; When I arrived, I located our very distinguished pastor and asked him what my job was?&nbsp; He said, “Bishop, I just want you to walk through the crowd and greet the folks.”&nbsp;I reminded Bobby that I had requested a job, not a title.&nbsp; Reluctantly, he asked, “Can you fix bikes?”&nbsp;Can I?&nbsp;Point me in the right direction.&nbsp;For three hours, the team I brought with me repaired bikes for little children.&nbsp;Seeing the smiles on all of their faces reminded us of the joy of serving!&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></div><span style="font-family: inherit;"></span><br /><div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">&nbsp;</span></div><strong><span style="font-family: inherit;">How can the local church be more missions-minded?</span></strong><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;"> </span><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;"></span><br /><div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">This is a tough question.&nbsp;Here is the problem: it’s much easier to stay home and serve the Lord here.&nbsp;In reality, the pastor of the local church is the key.&nbsp;If the local pastor wants to stay home, there is not much you can do to change that culture.&nbsp; </span></div><span style="font-family: inherit;"></span><br /><div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">&nbsp;</span></div><span style="font-family: inherit;"></span><br /><div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">The Central California District has seen success in this area because of several factors.&nbsp; One is because of prayer. I just love to quote one of my favorite missionaries, J. Hudson Taylor, who said, "Brother, if you would enter that Province, you must go forward on your knees."</span></div><span style="font-family: inherit;"></span><br /><div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">&nbsp;</span></div><span style="font-family: inherit;"></span><br /><div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">I believe that prayer works.&nbsp;I pray every day that God would make our PCG a mission-minded PCG! Prayer changes things!&nbsp;We pray for healing, we pray for victory, we pray for people to get saved, we should also pray for our PCG to give to missions! That’s the kind of prayer we pray at our district office.</span></div><span style="font-family: inherit;"></span><br /><div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">&nbsp;</span></div><span style="font-family: inherit;"></span><br /><div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Next we should become leaders of persuasion.&nbsp;How can you not like Mark Twain?&nbsp;He must have been more fun than a barrel full of monkeys. Twain said, “Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.”&nbsp;He was saying, “If you want influence, you must bring something to the table!”</span></div><span style="font-family: inherit;"></span><br /><div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">&nbsp;</span></div><span style="font-family: inherit;"></span><br /><div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Keep in mind that you can never bring something to the table that you are not willing to do yourself. Great leaders always lead by example.&nbsp;I remember selling my church board on the idea that we should give ten percent of our tithe base to the World Missions’ Department. I was able to persuade them because of my commitment to that part of my vision.&nbsp;Twice a year we had a special service for missions.&nbsp; The sell was easy and the board said yes because of my commitment to it. The rest is history.</span></div><span style="font-family: inherit;"></span><br /><div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">&nbsp;</span></div><strong><span style="font-family: inherit;">How does the local church benefit from being missions-minded?</span></strong><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;"> </span><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;"></span><br /><div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">How about eternity? It’s funny how we are always looking for the blessing now, am I right?&nbsp;I fear that we only give for the “pressed down and shaken together and running over” promise.&nbsp;The laws of God are like gravity.&nbsp;When a church becomes missions-minded, gravity takes over!&nbsp; God’s blessings will come.&nbsp; But what if they don’t?&nbsp;Eternity! Ladies and gentlemen, that is the only benefit I need to be missions-minded. Though there are many benefits of missions giving, eternity should be the only reason.&nbsp;We don’t need another reason!&nbsp;It’s the only reason!! </span></div><span style="font-family: inherit;"></span><br /><div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">&nbsp;</span></div><span style="font-family: inherit;"></span><br /><div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">How does the church benefit from being missions-minded? How about when Jesus says, “Well done, good and faithful servant . . . Enter into the joy of your lord!” (Matthew 24:23). Shouldn’t that be enough?&nbsp;</span></div><span style="font-family: inherit;"></span><br /><div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">&nbsp;</span></div><span style="font-family: inherit;"></span><br /><div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">&nbsp;</span></div>http://pcgeye2eye.net/2014/07/the-command-is-go.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (randallkentjr)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5755618024908380510.post-3389954894957011670Mon, 20 May 2013 23:06:00 +00002013-05-20T18:06:16.483-05:00Who's on First Row?<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-q4950mcDVBo/UZqrw_EbBkI/AAAAAAAAAYo/Ow5oASVM5zs/s1600/abbottcostello.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="240" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-q4950mcDVBo/UZqrw_EbBkI/AAAAAAAAAYo/Ow5oASVM5zs/s320/abbottcostello.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><b>By <a href='https://twitter.com/GeneralBishop'>Charles Scott</a></b><br>Two friends are talking as they enter the sanctuary. The following is their conversation.<br /><blockquote>“There are a lot of new people in church; even the front row is filled. I remember when people who came in late had to sit up front, maybe as close as the fifth row.”<br />“Yeah, now church is so full you have to get here early to sit in the back. There are so many people I will never learn their names. Who’s on the front row?”<br />“Yes, it is. And behind him is, What, and I Don’t Know is next to him.”<br />“Do you know their names?”<br />“I just told you their names.”<br />“Who’s on the front row?”<br />“Who.”<br />“On the front row?”<br />“Who.”<br />“The person sitting on the end of the front row, who is it?”<br />“Yes, it is Who.”<br />“Who?”<br />“Who.”<br />“Why are you asking me? I’m asking you who is on the front row?”<br />“That’s his name—Who.”<br />“What’s whose name?”<br />“No, What is behind Who.”<br />“When the usher takes up the offering, who gives the tithe?”<br />“Absolutely.”<br />“Who?”<br />“Right.”<br />“Who gives it?”<br />“Of course, he is a new member and a regular tither, and his wife too.”<br />“Whose wife?”<br />“That’s right; they joined the church together.”<br />“What’s the guy’s name on the end of the front row?”<br />“No, What’s on the second row and I Don’t Know is next to him.”<br />“I’m not asking you who’s on the second row!”<br />“Who’s on the front row!”<br />“The church has a new worship leader. Is she good?”<br />“Yes.”<br />“What’s her name?”<br />“Why.”<br />“Well, I just thought I would ask!”<br />“Well, I just told you!”<br />“Who’s preaching now?”<br />“Who’s on the front row.”<br />“I Don’t know.”<br />“He is on the second row next to What.”<br />“I don’t know what!”<br />“Come on let me introduce you.”<br />“I don’t care!”<br />“I Don’t Care left our church a long time ago. That’s when we started to grow.”</blockquote>Forgive the parody of Abbot and Costello. Apologies to those of you were expecting something much more spiritual. Just wanted to make a few points:<br /><ul><li>It is not important to my worship experience that I know everyone in the service. In growing churches a vibrant experience with the Presence of God is absolutely necessary. In growing churches, there is more emphasis on the One who sits on the throne than who is sitting in the pew.<br /></li><li>It is not a requirement to sit by someone I know in order to learn more from the Word of God. In growing churches, a relevant message from God’s Word is absolutely necessary.<br /></li><li>It is not essential to be married or have children to go to church. People who are single can love Jesus. A growing church knows that the largest segment of society is single, and most single people are not Christians. In a growing church, integrating singles into the corporate Body is essential.<br /></li><li>It is not compulsory to diminish the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit in order to make people feel comfortable. In growing churches, there is a culture of conviction and repentance.<br /></li><li>It is not necessary to become the culture to be a healthy growing church. It is absolutely necessary that the Church is a countercultural community expressing citizenship in the kingdom of God. The growing church expresses devotion to Jesus Christ by living in obedience to His Word. The growing church does not support missions; the growing church lives missions. The growing church is passionate about each generation and the legacy of faith. The growing church knows that countercultural lifestyle attracts people to Jesus Christ.<br /></li><li>It is not central to enjoy church or be entertained in a growing church. It is central that each person has a personal encounter with the Holy Spirit.<br /></li><li>It is not crucial to have all the answers. The growing church gets messy sometimes, and not everyone is perfect. In a growing church it is permissible and people are encouraged to ask hard questions. In a growing church the gospel is held as timeless truth and eternal principles for living.</li></ul>You may not care for my parody or agree with these points, but one thing is certain: a church cannot grow until I Don’t Care leaves. Hopefully, we see that eye to eye.http://pcgeye2eye.net/2013/05/whos-on-first-row.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (PCG Blogs)2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5755618024908380510.post-6934481650265621090Tue, 05 Feb 2013 19:28:00 +00002013-02-05T13:31:58.796-06:00LeadershipThe Theology of Traffic Jams<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-6MKMBGZ8ixs/UQs0fgkaZTI/AAAAAAAAAUc/q31FvRNCAho/s1600/trafficjam.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="150" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-6MKMBGZ8ixs/UQs0fgkaZTI/AAAAAAAAAUc/q31FvRNCAho/s200/trafficjam.jpg" width="200" /></a></div>By <a href="http://www.pcgpeople.org/2008/01/charles-scott.html">Charles G. Scott</a><br />Like a fiery serpent stretched across the landscape the endless line of vehicles stretches as far as the eye can see. It is at the same time bewildering and frustrating: you need to move, you want to move and you wonder what is going on that is not allowing you to move.<br /><br />It must be horrific. It must be a massive problem. It must be gigantic.<br /><br />You arrive at the scene of the bottleneck. There is nothing there.<br /><br />What caused the traffic jam?<br /><br />For some of you this is a rare if ever occurring situation. You live and commute in an area where traffic jams rarely interfere with your progress. For others it is daily or several times a day and you plan your schedule around the snarls of shuttling sojourners. For all of us working in the realm of the Kingdom of God spiritual setbacks and slowdowns are a constant companion.<br /><br />A lot can be learned from traffic jams that apply to our spiritual lives.<br /><br />According to research done by a team of mathematicians, the leading cause of traffic jams is human error. Someone drives too fast or pokes along too slow. The mistake of one driver can cause a ripple effect slowing down traffic for miles and hours of time. The impact of an unexpected event on the road causes a “backward traveling wave” that can slow down traffic as far as thirty miles!<br /><blockquote><i>The team developed a mathematical model to show the impact of unexpected events such as a tractor-trailer pulling out of its lane on a dual carriageway (divided highway with median between traffic going in opposite directions). Their model revealed that slowing down below a critical speed when reacting to such an event, a driver would force the car behind to slow down further and the next car back to reduce its speed further still. The result of this is that several miles back, cars would finally grind to a halt, with drivers oblivious to the reason for their delay.<br /><br />The model predicts that this is a very typical scenario on a busy highway (above 15 vehicles per km). The jam moves backwards through the traffic creating a so-called ‘backward traveling wave’, which drivers may encounter many miles upstream, several minutes after it was triggered. (<a href="http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/12/071219103102.htm" target="_blank">Science Daily</a>)</i></blockquote>Leaders have to deal with “backward traveling waves.” The progress you are desperately trying to achieve can come to a grinding halt by the action, lack of action or reaction of a solitary soul. The result is spiritual stagnation, atrophy and people become frustrated and some even pull off the road you’re trying to lead them and<i> </i>decide to travel another direction.<br /><br />How do you deal with the spiritual traffic jams in your ministry? The key is found in your prayer life and your personal relationship with Christ.<br /><br />Traffic jams or leadership/visionary jams occur in every organization at practically every level. Leaders often misperceive that their church, group or organization is facing a “jam” that is peculiar to them. Not true. People are people, organizations are organizations and the problems do not vary. Jams often occur because of these reasons across the board, whether you are driving or leading your organization:<br /><ol><li><b>Not every one moves at the same pace </b>– It is a hard lesson for leaders to learn but not every one operates at the same speed. When the light turns green some drivers are ready to get across the intersection and move! Others adjust their mirrors, check incoming traffic, turn up the volume on the radio, talk to their passengers, the list is endless. But the point is that not everyone goes at the same pace. When a vision is cast, some people are ready to go! They have been waiting for direction and they are motivated to move! Others are later adopters – the key for leaders to understand is that neither is all right nor is either all wrong. When leaders try to make late adopters feel bad for not moving faster, relationship issues can become bigger than the visionary goal. Leaders must identify the early movers and the late adopters and learn to communicate effectively to both. Early adopters need to make sure they do not run over innocent people in their pursuit of progress. Late adopters need time to adjust their mirrors before they get started. The leader is the key to keep the traffic moving toward the desired end. It doesn’t matter who gets there first. What matters is that we arrive safely and soundly.<br /></li><li><b>Something is in the way </b>– The main cause of congestion on the freeway or in the organization is an obstacle of some means. It is amazing how traffic slows when a car has pulled off the driveway with a flat tire! Everyone slows down to look! Leaders know that people in general get sidetracked easily! We all do! Most of us carry a phone, laptop, digital tablet, paper tablet, and other devices into meetings. These tools can become major distractions. Our policy dictates meeting requirements that no email, text messaging or accepting phone calls can be done while in the meeting. We can lose our concentration and get distracted by simple things and cause a major jam in the progress! <br /></li><li><b>There is a detour ahead </b>– This is a hard truth for leaders to swallow: sometimes the direction that has been vision cast has to be detoured! We want to believe that we are always perfectly in tune with the need, the direction and the methods necessary to get where we want to go – but sometimes the issue is: we are trying to get where we want to go and NOT where God wants us to go! My favorite chapter is Acts 27. The moral of the stormy story of Acts 27 is simple: it is a redirection of a ship to get Paul to an island that desperately needs the Gospel and a manifestation of the power of God! A stubborn resistance to reroute, redirect and readdress direction can cause severe backups to the plan of God. A rebellion in the leadership took Israel on an extra forty-year journey that delayed an entire nation! Leaders must remain humble and sensitive to the Holy Spirit; this can only occur through extended times of prayer, fasting and accountability to the Word of God. When leaders determine to go their direction it causes snarls to the Body of Christ.</li></ol>Directing traffic is part of leadership. Moving people into the flow of God’s direction for their lives and the organization means navigating the snarled backflow of jams that occur along the way. It is your duty to God and people to stay on the highway and keep directing traffic! Eventually, the highway will open to the God-directed destiny ordained for you and the people you serve!http://pcgeye2eye.net/2013/02/the-theology-of-traffic-jams.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (PCG Blogs)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5755618024908380510.post-6268165030512188146Mon, 20 Aug 2012 06:48:00 +00002012-08-20T01:48:46.282-05:00LeadershipMind the Gap - Part 1<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/2/2b/Mind_the_gap_2.JPG/800px-Mind_the_gap_2.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="150" src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/2/2b/Mind_the_gap_2.JPG/800px-Mind_the_gap_2.JPG" width="200" /></a></div><b>By <a href="http://www.pcgpeople.org/2008/01/charles-scott.html">Bishop Charles Scott</a></b><br />Our friends in the United Kingdom have a courteous expression for passengers disembarking from a train, tube (subway train), bus, or car. Whenever you are stepping from the vehicular transport, you will hear these words, “Mind the gap.” It is the British way of saying, “Watch your step.” Generally, there is a space between where you are leaving and where you are going, thus the phrase, “Mind the gap.” <br /><br />Leadership can be summarized as the assignment to mind the gap. In every leadership situation, there is a gap, a break, a space, a disparity, or an interval between where you are and where you are going. It is in the space between the start and the finish where real leadership occurs. Developing the vision or dream is not hard—everyone has a dream; not everyone knows how to mind the gap between the dream and the reality. Likewise, the same is true of vision and mission; vision and mission statements are hammered out with relative ease. It is the execution that calls for godly leadership. <br /><br />Three things happen when you mind the gap between where you are and where you want to ultimately arrive. These three elements make or break a leader at any level of service. (This issue contains the first of these observations with more to come.)<br /><ol><li>You have to leave something behind. It sounds simple and easy. To depart means leaving something behind, but in real life it is very difficult. Israel prayed for deliverance for 400 years but still remembered the taste of fish, onions, leeks, and garlic while on the journey to the Promised Land. Leadership must be forthright and truthful with people: if we go there, we leave here. It is that simple. In today’s politically correct environment, we hear a message that we can “have it all.” No you can’t. In order to get there, we have to leave here. Leaders have to mind the gap of leaving something behind. Leaving means loss; loss breeds emotions; loss means sadness. Sadness means anger; anger means bitterness; and bitterness means rebellion.<br /><br /><ol style="list-style-type: upper-alpha;"><li>Leaders mind the gap of loss by reinforcing the vision. After taking the first step toward the future, people will forget the reasons why the journey began in the first place. “Remember the taskmasters who beat you? Remember being slaves for another man’s vision? Remember your children had no future? Remember how badly you wanted out of that situation? Remember how you prayed for change?” In the words of Douglas Reeves, “Nostalgia for what has been lost will pull mightily at the heart and the head, often causing people to look back instead of forward.”<br /><br /></li><li>Leaders mind the gap of loss by reinvigorating the vision. When people are in the midst of the process, they need to be reminded of why they began the journey and where they are going. If you want to live in houses you didn’t build and eat from vineyards you didn’t plant, you have to remind yourself it will be worth the process when you reach the promise. People with a vision from God are no longer the same as they were before the vision, and they will never be the same after the vision. Just as education changes a person’s life forever, God’s visionary promise changes us. If we refuse to step over the gap and leave something behind, we live in rebellion. If we accept the vision and step over the gap, we have moved into a place of uncertainty and discomfort. Either way, nothing will ever be the same. The future belongs to people who are willing to give up the known for the unknown.<br /><br /></li><li>Leaders mind the gap of loss by responding to the vision. Setting the example is the leader’s best work. Leadership calls for sacrificial action. The most-often-heard criticism shared with me about other leaders is, “They let everyone else do the work.” The most effective leaders do not merely give directions; they are willing and able to pick up some bags and move to the new destination. In an era of preachers who need someone to carry their Bible to the pulpit, this philosophy is archaic, but it is still right. Paul said it this way, “Follow me as I follow Christ.” Leaders who are in the headlines for abuse, moral failure, stewardship atrocities, and other character flaws may provide great intuitive insight, but people want to follow a leader who has the grit to carry a load, get their hands dirty, work up a sweat, and set the pace. The PCG needs leaders who serve; not leaders who merely label themselves with the latest fad titles. Preachers that do not pray should excuse themselves from the pulpit until they have “prayed through.” Preachers that do not tithe should repent and obey or leave the ministry. Preachers with little control of their fleshly temptations should seek counsel, find help, and deal with the issue, or find another vocation. God requires our very best.<br /><br /></li></ol>You have been called and anointed by God to lead people from here to there. They will not want to leave; they will get weary on the journey; they will be emotional. They will question your ability; they will doubt your decisions. They will be hard to deal with and have many problems. <br /><br />But they need you. Without you, they will fall through the gap. You must mind the gap.</li></ol>http://pcgeye2eye.net/2012/08/mind-gap-part-1.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (PCG Blogs)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5755618024908380510.post-286990942903736466Fri, 27 Jul 2012 16:03:00 +00002012-07-27T11:03:42.603-05:00Praying Through Aurora<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://sojo.net/blogs/2012/07/20/lord-have-mercy-prayer-colorado" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="200" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ojaIX021PpA/UBK7Xw8tItI/AAAAAAAAARY/wqgKEtLcEwQ/s200/pray_aurora.jpg" width="200" /></a></div><b>By Daniel Davis (<a href="http://dpdavis.blogspot.com/2012/07/praying-through-aurora.html"><small>dpdavis.blogspot.com</small></a>)</b><br />When I heard the news of the horrific “Movie Massacre” in Aurora, CO, I shuddered: surely this perpetrator is diabolical, demonic, demon-possessed. After all, people like that have to be under demonic control.<br /><br />Or do they?<br /><br />We want these things to be the work of some otherworldly evil that takes control of a willing participant, because to face the alternative is too frightening. What is the alternative? That James Holmes committed such heinous work out of his own human evil.<br /><br />This is a very discomforting possibility: every human has the capacity for immense evil. The wiser among us have always known this. The late Russian novelist Alexander Solzhenitsyn trenchantly explained: “The line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being.”<br /><br />The evil committed by James Holmes is not some special unique kind of evil. It was the outworking of a process wherein he gave himself over little by little to cooperating with evil within his own heart (or much by much — we can only guess). His work was the bitter fruit of wicked seeds cultivated in human soil.<br /><br />And what about us? We may console ourselves that we are not wicked. Or are we? Do we not also cooperate with evil when we participate in murderous slander? Do we not further evil when we erode the fabric of reality by spewing falsehood — even white lies? Do we not give a little over to evil when we allow the filth of our heart to be released in degrading words and actions? Do we not collaborate with evil when we abuse the weak and disenfranchised? Holmes does not have a special evil. Perhaps not even a possession. He simply yielded to that same battle within our own hearts.<br /><br />This is the Christian message: “The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked…” (Jeremiah 17:9).<br /><br />Yet there is more to our message: “Behold I make all things new” (Revelation 8:5).<br /><br />As we consider the tragedy in Aurora, we grieve, we experience anger, we pray, we consider the war in our own soul, we extend love, and we have hope.<br /><br />Our hope is that this shattering massacre is not the end. Even in the midst of this situation the Spirit of the Lord is hovering over the broken chaos of the earth tying it all to another horrific blood-letting: the cross. That brokenness was remade in a resurrected glory.<br /><br />Today, we share in that journey from bloodshed to re-creation. We all, with the families and friends of the victims in Aurora, to some degree share the sufferings of this world. We grieve and groan and hope for a day when all things will be new — where there will be no death or sickness or wars or massacres. We scream with creation in pain and frustration: “This isn’t right!” And as the most honest of us confess, we do not know what to do. We cannot put the pieces back together. We cannot replace the bullet to the gun or return the lives lost. We cannot undo the brokenness.<br /><br />So we groan. We weep. We sigh. And that is not a bad thing to do. In doing that, we are sharing in the process of making a new world: “The Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans…in accordance with the will of God” (Romans 8:26, 27).<br /><br />The brokenness cannot be undone. The blood cannot be unshed. But it can be made new. Jesus is already there in the bloody mess. In prayer and love, we join him there with hope that this old order of things is already passing away and a new way is coming even in the middle of the distress. In God’s mysterious way, Aurora is found at Calvary. A new Aurora can be found on the other side of the tomb.<br /><br />So let us pray.http://pcgeye2eye.net/2012/07/praying-through-aurora.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (PCG Blogs)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5755618024908380510.post-4509752085035180735Wed, 30 May 2012 21:12:00 +00002012-05-30T16:17:42.024-05:00Be a Son<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-aCOfjPV0koI/T8aOK6vJvMI/AAAAAAAAAQc/5cwPIZ9QBvg/s1600/rodneyreynolds.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="200" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-aCOfjPV0koI/T8aOK6vJvMI/AAAAAAAAAQc/5cwPIZ9QBvg/s200/rodneyreynolds.jpg" width="178" /></a></div><b>From <a href="http://rodneyreynolds.org/">RodneyReynolds.org</a></b><br />I have a friend who is a prison chaplain for the Florida Department of Corrections. He told me that 80% of the men who are incarcerated had no relationship with their fathers. Sad, but not surprising in light of King Solomon’s observation found in Proverbs 29:15 (KJV) “The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.” How often we have witnessed the destructive aftermath of sons who have no father figure to guide them! I have seen them try ever so valiantly, but moms just cannot be dads. There is no substitute for filling the role and responsibility of being a father to your son.<br /><br />Everyone that knows me knows that my biological father dropped the ball big time. He failed in his opportunity to be a loving father to my seven siblings and me. He lived to regret the abuse that he perpetrated on his family. Fortunately he received forgiveness from God before he passed away, and a great deal of restoration took place between him and me. Having been able to survive and recover from the dysfunction of my early adolescent years, I’ve come to realize some wonderful spiritual things.<br /><br />I love reading and listing to my dear friend and fellow minister, Pastor Russell Hylton, teach about father and son relationships. His experience with his father is very different from that of mine and my father. His father is a wonderful Godly man and a personal friend of mine. Pastor Hylton and his father are an excellent example of what the father and son relationship can be when there is love, respect and honor.<br /><br />I have learned that as a Christian man I cannot make excuses for my actions based on what my father did or didn’t do. I cannot be irresponsible, immature or insensitive toward my family and those within my sphere of influence because of what I experienced in the past. God will give anyone a new start if they will put their complete trust in Christ.<br /><br />Paul said it like this, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV). The Lord has helped untold thousands to rise above their circumstances and be free in Jesus name! Anyone can do it; not everyone does. We cannot get up on our own — we must trust the Lord and walk in His ways.<br /><br />I have found that I can choose to “be a son.” Wow! Even though my father fell way short of setting an example for me to follow, I can be a son. My favorite verse in the scripture is John 1:12 (KJV) “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” Me a son, a son of God? What great news that is to me!<br /><br />I have also learned that although I’m no spring chicken (having turned 50 last year), I can be a son to a lot of the men in my life. One of the greatest complements I ever received came from a gentleman that served on my church board for a number of years. He has three grown daughters but never had a son. One day in a conversation he said, “I never had a son but if I did, I would want him to be a lot like you.” I got leaky eyes over that one!<br /><br />Maybe you have longed for a relationship with your dad but he is unavailable, uninterested or no longer living. No one can ever take the place of Dad, but you can find a great deal of fulfillment being a son, even if you’re only related by the Spirit.<br /><br />I appreciate the people in my life that inspire me to think about great spiritual truths like this. In this case it was someone very special to me — thanks son!http://pcgeye2eye.net/2012/05/be-son.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (PCG Blogs)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5755618024908380510.post-781096139110235619Tue, 29 May 2012 01:30:00 +00002012-05-28T20:30:42.977-05:00The Aftermath: Remembering Joplin After The Storm<b>From <a href='http://jaredingle.blogspot.com/2012/05/aftermath-remembering-joplin-after.html'>JaredIngle.blogspot.com</a></b><br><br><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-jkGJGY9AV0o/T8A0aXnU_fI/AAAAAAAAAOo/Z4QIq_iUeeA/s1600/3+Joplin+Tornado+Pic+CBS.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="393" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-jkGJGY9AV0o/T8A0aXnU_fI/AAAAAAAAAOo/Z4QIq_iUeeA/s640/3+Joplin+Tornado+Pic+CBS.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br> On this day last year, Crystal and I drove into Joplin, Missouri. The whole nation had seen glimpses of the devastation caused by the tornado that was six miles long and a mile wide. The twister destroyed one third of the town, razing it to the ground right through the heart of the city. St. John&#8217;s Hospital made headline news because the facility was badly damaged.<br><br><br><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-9BcHLaj0pco/T8A5xM9VgPI/AAAAAAAAAP8/tT1hxIiEx6c/s1600/Photo_052511_004.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-9BcHLaj0pco/T8A5xM9VgPI/AAAAAAAAAP8/tT1hxIiEx6c/s400/Photo_052511_004.jpg" width="400" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">St. John's Hospital</td></tr></tbody></table> <br /> However, nothing we had seen on T.V. could have prepared us for the devastation we witnessed on May 25, 2011. We joined Daniel and Rhonda Davis, and the relief efforts of the Pentecostal Church of God, which were underway at Messenger College. After arriving at Messenger&#8217;s gym, Daniel took us on a tour of the city. Because buildings were flattened, one could see from the area of town where the tornado began in the west (not far from St. John&#8217;s Hospital) to Duquesne Village in the east. <br /><br>Over the next few days, we had time to hear the stories of our family, all of whom survived the tornado. My brother Bret&#8217;s twelve-year-old son Rio was with his mom and step-dad in their house near St. John&#8217;s Hospital. By the time they knew the tornado was upon them, there was nowhere they could run. Counting immediate and visiting family, there were nine in their house. Without a basement, all nine crammed into their innermost room, a small laundry room. Rio&#8217;s step-dad Daniel sat Rio on top of the washer and literally laid his torso over Rio to protect him. Rio&#8217;s mom Monica sat on the floor clutching her small son Marko in her arms. At one point, she could feel the vacuum of the tornado pulling Marko up into the air. When it finally passed, they all looked up into the sky overhead where their roof had just been. They emerged from the laundry room to discover it was the only room in the house that still had all four walls intact. Crystal and I listened to Daniel tell the story, all of us tearing up, as we stood with him in the wreckage that was his house. <br /> <br /> <table cols='2' cellpadding='0' cellspacing='0' width='100%'><tr><td width='50%'><center> <table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="text-align: right;"><tbody> <tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-3fhMmiBtrTU/T8A1K7uFmyI/AAAAAAAAAPA/49HRkN3IhW8/s1600/12+Photo_052811_007.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="160" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-3fhMmiBtrTU/T8A1K7uFmyI/AAAAAAAAAPA/49HRkN3IhW8/s200/12+Photo_052811_007.jpg" width="200" /></a></td></tr> <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Daniel and Monica's Laundry Room</td></tr> </tbody></table></center></td><td width='50%'><center> <table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: right;"><tbody> <tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-qRfddXLFCIE/T8A1OVePYmI/AAAAAAAAAPI/h7r0JeNo418/s1600/13+Photo_052811_008.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="160" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-qRfddXLFCIE/T8A1OVePYmI/AAAAAAAAAPI/h7r0JeNo418/s200/13+Photo_052811_008.jpg" width="200" /></a></td></tr> <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Looking Up Out of the Laundry Room</td></tr> </tbody></table></center></td></tr></table><br /> Later I met with my brother Matt and we walked through his father-in-law&#8217;s house, where his family was when the tornado struck. Matt&#8217;s father-in-law Dennis received a last-second call from someone urging him to take cover because a tornado was on the way. At that moment, Matt was at the back entrance watching the storm. He saw the wind whip the trees violently one way, then bend them back violently the other way. Then the sky suddenly changed color and he knew it was bad. Matt started yelling, telling everyone to go to the basement. Everyone was headed down the stairs, but Dennis suddenly turned back. He is a car salesman and had a company car in the driveway. He told Matt, &#8220;I gotta get the Escalade in the garage.&#8221; Matt refused to let Dennis by, and moved him down the basement steps. The instant Matt had turned and closed the basement door behind him, he heard the house ripping apart. Thankfully, all were safe in the basement, by a split second. Later, as they climbed out of the basement, they discovered that much of the roof and second floor were gone. There were also projectiles all over the house, items that had flown through, many that were from other places. Even though the main damage was on the second floor, there is a good chance someone would have been injured by a projectile on the first floor. <br /><br><table cols='2' cellpadding='0' cellspacing='0' width='100%'><tr><td width='50%'><center> <table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="text-align: right;"><tbody> <tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-OdO2nyh85ac/T8A1WVz4KpI/AAAAAAAAAPQ/XACsDDBUx-g/s1600/15+Photo_052811_010.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="160" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-OdO2nyh85ac/T8A1WVz4KpI/AAAAAAAAAPQ/XACsDDBUx-g/s200/15+Photo_052811_010.jpg" width="200" /></a></td></tr> <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Matt's In-Law's Basement</td></tr> </tbody></table></center></td><td width='50%'><center> <table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: right;"><tbody> <tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-FyTdnQDp7tQ/T8A1a8oWIXI/AAAAAAAAAPY/5PXBIyyXp7Q/s1600/17+Photo_052811_012.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="160" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-FyTdnQDp7tQ/T8A1a8oWIXI/AAAAAAAAAPY/5PXBIyyXp7Q/s200/17+Photo_052811_012.jpg" width="200" /></a></td></tr> <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Looking Up from the First Floor</td></tr> </tbody></table></center></td></tr></table> <table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: right;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-eJg55rT7_5o/T8A1fRlPerI/AAAAAAAAAPg/XuUVCWwxxAc/s1600/18+Photo_052811_013.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="256" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-eJg55rT7_5o/T8A1fRlPerI/AAAAAAAAAPg/XuUVCWwxxAc/s320/18+Photo_052811_013.jpg" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">The Missing Second Floor</td></tr></tbody></table><br> Over the course of our six days in Joplin in the aftermath, we were honored to aid in the relief efforts. However, we were blessed when people would entrust us with their stories. We discovered that the split-second decisions our family made were not uncommon. People just knew where to hide at the last moment, as if someone had told them, and in fact many claimed that someone did. These stories are not easily dismissed, and are nothing short of miraculous. <br /><br>What actually happened in the real world on May 22, 2011? What if the veil that separates the physical world from the real world could be pulled back and we could see the truth? As the reports kept funneling in, we realized that people knew what to do at the last second. Some claimed a voice told them. Others even claimed angels appeared. Many children said butterflies led them to safety. In the aftermath of the Joplin tornado, I believe I heard stories from people who were eyewitnesses to the Host of Heaven! <br /><br> Joplin has suffered loss. Families have suffered loss. But Joplin is still rebuilding. A tedious journey still lies ahead. Yet God is still interested in this Mid-West town. Although there were deaths, God showed His protection, when countless lives could have been taken. He will continue to show His strength as Joplin faces each new day. <blockquote><i> Psalm 91.1:&nbsp;He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. 2:&nbsp;I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. 3:&nbsp;Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. 4:&nbsp;He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. 5:&nbsp;Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; 6:&nbsp;Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. 7:&nbsp;A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. 8:&nbsp;Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked. 9:&nbsp;Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; 10:&nbsp;There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. 11:&nbsp;For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. </i></blockquote><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-5_kOkf2mIEI/T8A2B0O-GLI/AAAAAAAAAPw/CidPOUEbot8/s1600/Photo_052711_002.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"></a><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-5_kOkf2mIEI/T8A2B0O-GLI/AAAAAAAAAPw/CidPOUEbot8/s1600/Photo_052711_002.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-5_kOkf2mIEI/T8A2B0O-GLI/AAAAAAAAAPw/CidPOUEbot8/s400/Photo_052711_002.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-oyAWTTTsefo/T8A1wdAUleI/AAAAAAAAAPo/GyftWykd3LA/s1600/10+Photo_052811_003.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-oyAWTTTsefo/T8A1wdAUleI/AAAAAAAAAPo/GyftWykd3LA/s400/10+Photo_052811_003.jpg" width="400" /></a></div>http://pcgeye2eye.net/2012/05/aftermath-remembering-joplin-after.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (PCG Blogs)1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5755618024908380510.post-4971877210879029387Thu, 24 May 2012 13:33:00 +00002012-05-24T08:33:31.907-05:00Praying the Word<b>By K.R. Craig</b><br />I tried to read through Psalm 143 this morning, but I found my mind wandering.<br /><br />To counteract the wandering, I switched to <i>praying </i>the word, instead of simply <i>reading</i>&nbsp;the word.<br /><br />I read each verse out loud &mdash; sometimes just a phrase or two, sometimes a whole verse &mdash; and then paused and added other words of prayer.<br /><br />It went something like this: <blockquote class="tr_bq"><sup style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;">8a&nbsp;</sup>Cause me to hear thy loving-kindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust:<br><br><i>Lord, I love that this verse asks You to make me, force me, or cause me to hear Your loving-kindness. I admit there are some mornings when I wouldn&rsquo;t hear it on my own. Please do this for me: when I can&rsquo;t feel Your mercy, please make me to feel it. I trust in You.</i> <br /><br /><sup style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;">8b&nbsp;</sup>cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee.<br><br><i> Lord, part of me says that I should always know how to live right, act right and do right, but my actions don&rsquo;t always bear that out. There&rsquo;s a world of difference between head knowledge and heart knowledge! Lord, please make me to know Your way; make </i>all<i> of me to know it.<br><br> And also, Lord, show me the direction You have for me. Am I to remain where I am, or do you have another assignment?<br><br></i> <sup style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;">9&nbsp;</sup>Deliver me, O&nbsp;<span class="small-caps" style="font-variant: small-caps;">Lord</span>, from mine enemies: I flee unto thee to hide me.<br><br><i> I wish I were strong enough to deliver myself, but I&rsquo;m grateful that Your word shows me I need a deliverer. I need You to deliver me from these things that try to destroy me, from problems, from debt, from lethargy. Please help me, Lord.<br><br></i> <sup style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;">10a&nbsp;</sup>Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good;<br><br><i> Lord, I just prayed, &ldquo;cause me to know&rdquo;; now I&rsquo;m praying &ldquo;teach me to do.&rdquo; Help my actions to match my knowledge.<br><br></i> <sup style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;">10b&nbsp;</sup>lead me into the land of uprightness.<br><br><i> Lord, help me stay on the right path. Lead me, O Lord, every day, every hour, all the way. <br /><br></i> <sup style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;">11a&nbsp;</sup>Quicken me, O&nbsp;<span class="small-caps" style="font-variant: small-caps;">Lord</span>, for thy name&rsquo;s sake:<br><br><i> Quicken me; bring me back to life, O Lord. At times when I feel spiritually dead, light a spark within me. When I feel physically dead, rebuke the sickness and restore me to vitality. Don&rsquo;t do it because I&rsquo;m something great, but do it for the sake of Your name.<br><br></i> <sup style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;">11b&nbsp;</sup>for thy righteousness&rsquo; sake bring my soul out of trouble.<br><br><i> Lord, please deliver me from trouble &mdash; both the trouble I make for myself, and the trouble that others send my way. Do it for the sake of your own righteousness.</i></blockquote>http://pcgeye2eye.net/2012/05/praying-word.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (PCG Blogs)1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5755618024908380510.post-6418138832487328590Tue, 08 May 2012 05:40:00 +00002012-05-08T00:40:28.477-05:00A Call for First Works<b>By K.R. Craig</b><br /><blockquote><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-G5YFspE6h68/T6ixk6lZ4EI/AAAAAAAAAQQ/9BbSBWJGTmk/s1600/HolySpiritOfFire.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="150" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-G5YFspE6h68/T6ixk6lZ4EI/AAAAAAAAAQQ/9BbSBWJGTmk/s200/HolySpiritOfFire.jpg" width="200" /></a></div><i>The Spirit, like a breeze, swept across the place,<br />and the fire burned out of control.<br />It was kindled by His love and amazing grace,<br />flaming up within my soul.<br />— Ronny Hinson, I Began to Feel the Fire</i></blockquote>Anyone who’s been around Pentecost for a while has some awesome stories — healings, miracles, visions and manifestations, things they’ve experienced themselves and stories they’ve heard from older saints.<br /><br />I’ve seen people come into church drunk and leave sober. I’ve seen deaf ears opened, cripples healed, and the dead brought back to life. I’ve been in the presence of both angels and demons. But most of my flat-out miraculous experiences are from days gone by. I’m afraid I’m becoming part of the crowd who talks so fondly of how things <i>used to be</i>.<br /><br />I remember when I first got saved 25 years ago, that others would talk about the moves of God they had in the “old days” and how much things have changed.<br /><br />I also remember reasons people would give for why things changed:<br /><ul><li>People just aren’t as dedicated as they used to be.</li><li>Nobody knows what it means to “tarry” any more.</li><li>There’s too much world in the church.</li><li>People are just too busy for God.</li></ul>Maybe some of that is true — someone smarter than me may know for sure, but what I do know, without doubt, is that <i>I have changed</i>.<br /><br />In my own “old days”, back when I was first saved:<br /><ul><li>I’d have rather gone to prayer meeting than to a steak dinner.</li><li>I’d have quit my job if it interfered with church.</li><li>I always read my Bible with a pen in-hand so I could underline verses I liked.</li><li>I anointed everything I owned and dedicated it to God.</li><li>I expected the Spirit to move in every church service.</li><li>I knew how to “have church” even if I wasn’t at church.</li></ul>But today:<br /><ul><li>Prayer meetings seem like a chore.</li><li>A runny nose tempts to stay home from church.</li><li>I don’t mark up my Bible very often.</li><li>It’s been a long time since I anointed anything (at least before it broke down).</li><li>When the Spirit moves in a church service, I’m often a spectator.</li></ul>The message to the angel of the church of Ephesus speaks to me.<br /><br />Jesus begins by acknowledging the past work that’s been done:<br /><blockquote><i>I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted.</i> [Revelation&nbsp;2:2-3]</blockquote>To me, Jesus might say, “I know your works. You’ve pastored. You’ve taught Sunday School. You’ve sat on church boards. You’ve prayed. You’ve fasted. You’ve persevered through some incredibly tough challenges.”<br /><br />But Jesus doesn’t end there. He continues:<br /><blockquote><i>Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.</i> [v. 4]</blockquote>He states the very thing that I already know about myself: I’m not like I used to be — I’ve cooled off, lost some zeal, slacked off on prayer and study. I may sing songs in church that say, “I surrender all”, but my actions don’t match the lyrics.<br /><br />Fortunately, Jesus has a solution:<br /><blockquote><i>Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works... </i>[v. 5a]</blockquote>Rather than sit around lamenting the former days, I can reclaim them, re-experience them.<br /><br />Jesus’ solution is simple: do the “first works”. Start doing things like I did when I first got saved:<br /><ul><li>Show up for prayer meetings and pray earnestly while I’m there.</li><li>Determine nothing will keep me away from the House of God.</li><li>Start underlining Bible promises again.</li><li>Anoint and dedicate my goods...before they break down.</li><li>Pray and hope and expect that God will move in every church service.</li><li>Show up early for church just to pray beforehand.</li><li>Determine my own house will be a “house of prayer” and a “house of praise”.</li></ul>Saints, I’m convinced if we all do some “first works”, we’ll see revival; we’ll have fresh, awesome experiences with God; and we’ll once again see the Spirit sweeping like a breeze while holy fire burns out of control.http://pcgeye2eye.net/2012/05/call-for-first-works.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (PCG Blogs)3tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5755618024908380510.post-7581550473290372856Fri, 04 May 2012 22:41:00 +00002012-05-04T17:41:38.770-05:00Doesn't Anyone Miss The Fruit?<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-qNUrlAVXspY/T6Rax-ebMXI/AAAAAAAAAQE/qhlbIOzzLqI/s1600/barren-tree.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-qNUrlAVXspY/T6Rax-ebMXI/AAAAAAAAAQE/qhlbIOzzLqI/s320/barren-tree.jpg" width="240" /></a></div><b>By <a href="http://www.pcgpeople.org/2008/01/charles-scott.html">Bishop Charles Scott</a></b><br /><i>To see a new harvest of changed lives, we need Pentecostal passion.</i><br /><br />The pear tree behind Grandma’s house in Jenny Lind, Ark., always produced fruit. Every summer the limbs of the aged tree were full of succulent pears that Grandma’s skillful hands would soon turn into delicious jam and jelly.<br /><br />No effort had to be exerted to retrieve the abundant pears; they were everywhere. There was no climbing the tree to shake the limbs, no Internet research was needed about how to produce pears, no conferences on fruit-bearing were attended. We just enjoyed the copious crop.<br /><br />Then one spring Grandma expressed concern about the pear tree. She said it didn’t look the same. But the faithful tree still produced. The next year the fruit was only on the higher limbs, and Grandma’s favorite grandson enjoyed climbing the sturdy limbs and shaking them profusely until the stubborn pears fell to the ground. The pears received a bruising since they fell with such force. Many had to be discarded, so the supply of jam and jelly began to diminish.<br /><br />Around the dinner table there was talk about the dire situation affecting the pear tree. Because no one had the solution, all that could be done was to talk about the problem until another more interesting topic arose and the subject was changed. When no one knew how to move toward a better future, all they knew how to do was talk about the fruitful past.<br /><br />The next year the tree had plenty of leaves, but no pears. As we stood under the tree, memories were shared on how much fun it was to pick up the pears and how enjoyable the tasty fruit was on Grandma’s homemade biscuits. Everyone stood silent for a few moments, then walked away, returning to menial tasks and forgetting about the fruit. Over the next few years, the pear tree spit out a few puny pears but never regained its former glory. It still stands in an empty yard and no one comes to enjoy its fruit. The tree stands as a silent reminder of what once was.<br /><br />There was era when Pentecostalism seemingly produced fruit without great effort. While sacrifice has always been necessary for productivity in the kingdom of God, churches enjoyed a harvest of fruit without changing methods. Evangelistic centers thrived and services saw sinners at the altar, saints in the pew and glory in the house.<br /><br />It seems in retrospect that fruit could be easily picked in a culture that embraced faith, one in which ministry was done with passion. Preachers wanted to preach. Pioneers wanted to plant churches.<br /><br />Challenges then arose and a mentality of “build it and they will come” prevailed, so the church sowed its seeds in buildings and programs. Crises came and a once-spiritual culture embraced secularism, placing a greater emphasis on the “here and now” than the “sweet by and by.” Decline set in, fruit was harder to find and a new millennium arrived. Like the old pear tree, many churches sit today in the field bearing no fruit.<br /><br />We talk about what once was, about how sweet the taste of the glory was and reminisce about the good old days. We can still taste the fruit, so perhaps as long as we can still remember the taste of what we once had, we can justify its absence.<br /><br />Pastor Art Greco wrote in The American Church in Crisis: “When faithful Christianity is defined primarily as protecting the truth, insulating our children and surviving the onslaught of competing thoughts, the battle is lost. The church seems to be doing most of its work by competing for members and dollars, hiding behind the skirts of a few carefully selected Scripture verses about purity while burying her head in the sand for fear.”<br /><br />Somehow the gospel of a bleeding Jesus has turned into the good news of becoming a better you. The negative tones of sin have changed into the positive tunes of developing stronger relationships. The expectation of the return of the King of kings has been replaced with teaching about how to embrace the place where you are. The power of the Holy Spirit has become passion for life.<br /><br />Somehow, no one seems to miss the fruit. As long as we can still count the barren trees, no one misses the fruit.http://pcgeye2eye.net/2012/05/doesnt-anyone-miss-fruit.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (PCG Blogs)6tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5755618024908380510.post-30291837088168748Fri, 23 Dec 2011 10:46:00 +00002012-08-20T01:37:16.059-05:00Sermon StartersLessons from the Juniper Tree<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-mIzNXjH86d8/TvRUjSXwhrI/AAAAAAAAAPc/ZAOckVXxAZ4/s1600/juniper_small.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="189" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-mIzNXjH86d8/TvRUjSXwhrI/AAAAAAAAAPc/ZAOckVXxAZ4/s320/juniper_small.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><b>By <a href='#DanielDarling'>Daniel Darling</a></b><br>If Hollywood commissioned a biopic of the Old Testament hero, Elijah, they would probably end the movie with his epic holy war on Mt. Carmel. It would be a fitting ending for such a bold, courageous, insurgent leader.<br /><br />But alas, this is not how Elijah’s story ends at all. If you turn the page one chapter, from 1 Kings 18 to 1 Kings 19, you see a completely different side of this seemingly bullet-proof warrior. You find a fragile shell of a man, in a fetal position, begging God to end his life.<br /><br />Elijah doesn’t look much like a leader here. But as I’ve studied his life, I’ve gleaned more lessons in leadership from Elijah’s meltdown than from his mountain-top successes.<br /><br /><b>Here are the five leadership lessons I learned under Elijah’s juniper tree:</b><br /><br /><b>#1 - Even great people break down</b><br />Elijah is one of those mythical figures in the Bible, someone whose larger-than-life exploits make our everyday walks of faith seem pedestrian by comparison. And yet here he is: weak, feeble, and discouraged. The truth is that every great leader has had one or more seasons just like this. And so will you. This doesn’t make you weird or exceptional. It makes you human.<br /><br /><b>#2 - Take care of your body</b><br />What was God’s first response to Elijah? A counseling session? Another small group Bible study? More church? No. God simply brought Elijah a meal. In all of his working for God, Elijah forgot to take care of the basic needs of his body, as if ignoring his humanity would somehow earn him more points with God. The truth is that physical needs often cloud our judgment. God wired our bodies in such a way that they need regular rest, nutrition, and exercise. Often the first step back to spiritual health is a good night’s sleep, a hearty meal, and a few days off.<br /><br /><b>#3 - We measure success by the wrong metrics</b><br />You would think Elijah would be celebrating. All of Israel turned their back on the false worship of Baal and embraced Jehovah. And yet Elijah considered himself a failure because Jezebel and Ahab, the corrupt monarch, refused to change. So, in Elijah’s world, he was a failure. God reminded Elijah, through a series of natural phenomena, that He is sovereign—not only in the big stuff of life, but in the small stuff as well.<br /><br /><b>#4 - We’re not indispensable</b><br />Elijah copped a martyr mentality, common in Christian circles. (I’m the only one who cares. It’s all on me. And nobody else is as devoted as I am.) God destroyed this faulty thinking by reminding Elijah that there were 7,000 other capable believers in Israel. God wasn’t dependent on Elijah. He could easily have raised up someone else to do the job. And so it is with us. The entire sovereign plan of God isn’t dependent on our feeble, clever efforts. Thankfully.<br /><br /><b>#5 - It’s not about you—it’s about God’s glory</b><br />I think it’s telling that God’s next mission for Elijah, post depression, was to train his successor. What a humbling and invigorating experience for this do-it-yourself prophet! I think there is a subtle message in this: we don’t own our ministries; they are gifts from God for us to steward. And thus, the work that was here when we left, will be here when we are gone. <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1596692944/ref=as_li_ss_il?ie=UTF8&tag=pcgorg-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=1596692944" style="clear: right; cssfloat: right; float: right;"><img border="0" src="http://ws.assoc-amazon.com/widgets/q?_encoding=UTF8&Format=_SL110_&ASIN=1596692944&MarketPlace=US&ID=AsinImage&WS=1&tag=pcgorg-20&ServiceVersion=20070822" ></a><img src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=pcgorg-20&l=as2&o=1&a=1596692944" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" /><br><br><small><a id='DanielDarling'>About the Author:</a><br>Daniel Darling is a father, pastor, blogger, columnist and author. His most recent release is <i>iFaith, Connecting to God in the 21st Century</i>, which looks at contemporary prayer and faith, calling us back to a place of rest and silence and peace with God. More of Daniel’s writings can be found at <a href='http://www.danieldarling.com/'>danieldarling.com</a>. </small>http://pcgeye2eye.net/2011/12/lessons-from-juniper-tree.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (PCG Blogs)1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5755618024908380510.post-3060629995471971269Wed, 14 Dec 2011 19:30:00 +00002012-05-09T22:05:51.644-05:00Relocation Update: Contacting PCG Staff<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-fr9n4GpHWTE/TktcSwlGyiI/AAAAAAAAAKs/_iEYMr1jUn4/s1600/BedfordProperty.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; cssfloat: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" naa="true" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-fr9n4GpHWTE/TktcSwlGyiI/AAAAAAAAAKs/_iEYMr1jUn4/s200/BedfordProperty.jpg" width="200" /></a></div>Thank you for your patience as our general headquarters continues to migrate through our relocation transition. It has been a challenge for many of you and we apologize for any difficulties you have encountered as we endeavor to complete this massive process. Our staff continues to convey excellence in task management while this transition is ongoing.<br /><br />We hope this information will assist you with daily operational and procedural questions affecting many of you. If there is some item you need assistance with, please email <a href="mailto:generalbishop@pcg.org">generalbishop@pcg.org</a>, <a href="mailto:generalsecretary@pcg.org">generalsecretary@pcg.org</a> or call 417-624-7050 extension 301 or 302.<br /><br /><ul><li>Mail – All correspondence should now be sent to PO Box 211866, Bedford, TX 76095.</li><li>Phone – You may use either 817-554-5900 or 417-624-7050 and the extensions you hear on the directory to reach someone who can promptly and efficiency serve you.<br />Please note: if your call is directed to voice mail, please leave a message and your call will be returned promptly.</li><li>Email – All email accounts are fully functional and operative.</li><li>Ministry Resource Center – We have maintained the operations of MRC in Joplin in correlation with The Letter Shop. Since these two enterprises are directly related due to their functions, it is cost effective and operationally efficient to maintain proximity. Your orders and mailings will continue to generate from this location. Phone and email access remain the same.</li><li>Departments – All offices will be fully functioning in Bedford by January 16, 2012. Youth Ministry Directors, Joe and Teena Skiles will continue to function from a home office in Missouri until the Summer.</li><li>Messenger College – MC remains in Joplin until the conclusion of the current academic year and commencement in May of this year.</li></ul>Thank you again for your patience with us during this Herculean process. We value your ministry and continue to seek to serve you with the highest standard of excellence.<br /><br />Serving You for Him,<br /><br />Charles G. Scott<br />General Bishophttp://pcgeye2eye.net/2011/12/relocation-update-contacting-pcg-staff.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (PCG Blogs)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5755618024908380510.post-2673209145974062725Sun, 21 Aug 2011 21:47:00 +00002011-08-22T22:17:47.981-05:00PCG Mourns Loss of Bishop Norvell<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-z7H4m5-kCI0/TlF8X92uj9I/AAAAAAAAAK0/IT1HcmST3XM/s1600/johnnorvell.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" width="200" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-z7H4m5-kCI0/TlF8X92uj9I/AAAAAAAAAK0/IT1HcmST3XM/s200/johnnorvell.jpg" /></a></div>On Saturday afternoon, August 20th, the covenant family of the Pentecostal Church of God was shocked and saddened by the passing of Assistant General John K. Norvell. Bishop Norvell was working at the Southwest Texas District office and grounds when he suffered a cardiac event.<br /> <br /> No official word has been released at this time for the cause of his death.<br /> <br /> Bishop Norvell was a beloved leader, having served as Assistant General Bishop, World Missions Director, and Southwest Texas District Bishop. He was a favorite speaker and teacher of our church family.<br /> <br /> While our hearts are grieved personally we feel his loss most for his wife, Marilyn, his two sons, Jason and Justin and his daughter Amy. The entire Pentecostal Church of God extends their love, prayers and support at this time.<br /> <br /> Bishop John Norvell's memorial is Wednesday, August 24 at 2pm at Coastal Bend Family Worship Center, 700 W. Greenwood, Aransas Pass, TX. Visitation will be on Tuesday (August 23) from 6pm to 9pm at Charles Marshall Funeral Home.. The nearest airport is Corpus Christi. The church has a mapquest for directions on their website <a href='http://www.cbfwc.com'>www.cbfwc.com</a>.http://pcgeye2eye.net/2011/08/pcg-mourns-loss-of-bishop-norvell.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (PCG Blogs)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5755618024908380510.post-9170437034713785818Wed, 17 Aug 2011 06:19:00 +00002011-08-17T01:19:40.464-05:00Relocation Update!<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-fr9n4GpHWTE/TktcSwlGyiI/AAAAAAAAAKs/_iEYMr1jUn4/s1600/BedfordProperty.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; cssfloat: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="212" naa="true" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-fr9n4GpHWTE/TktcSwlGyiI/AAAAAAAAAKs/_iEYMr1jUn4/s320/BedfordProperty.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><b>By <a href="http://www.pcgpeople.org/2008/01/charles-scott.html">Charles Scott</a></b><br /> In the afternoon of August 11, the Bedford property closed, and the PCG now owns the Rosemont Building. The keys, documents, etc. are being sent to me this week.<br /><br /> The buyer of the Pentecostal Church of God and Messenger College properties in Joplin has made a <a href="http://pcgeye2eye.net/2011/08/st-johns-mercy-reveals-site-of-new.html">public statement</a> and disclosed their plans for the property.<br /><br /> The General Council met August 16 to begin the decision-making process concerning the remodel of the Rosemont Building in Bedford. Next week, I will meet with contractors and work with the General Council to establish the budget and begin Phase 1-A of the remodel.<br /><br /> Messenger College is continuing to operate on the Joplin Campus as projected until May, 2012.<br /><br /> The purchase and closing of the Joplin property is slated between October 1 and November 10. All proceeds from the sale will be paid to the Pentecostal Church of God at that time.<br /><br /> Our hope is that we will begin the first phase of transitioning the headquarters in mid-October. On November 9, we plan to have the General Board present during our November meeting in Dallas (information is coming soon, awaiting General Council approval of everything) and on November 9, we will have the dedication ceremony for the new building.<br /><br /> The second phase of transition will hopefully occur before Thanksgiving.<br /><br /> The final transition phase will begin in December. We hope to close the Joplin headquarters on December 21st as the last day in the building and load all final FFE (furniture, fixtures, and equipment) the 22nd to the 23rd. We have bids and offers from trucking companies willing to donate to us and help.<br /><br /> We will transport the week of December 26th and begin final test phases that week. It is aggressive but we hope to reopen by January 9, 2012 in the new PCG headquarters – debt free!!<br /><br /> Please help us convey that this transition is massive and in spite of all we are doing, we will probably miss some communication, emails, phone calls, orders, etc. We have project management in place. Team communicators and I have spent hours in documentation of the details but in spite of all these efforts, we are human and limited in many ways in personnel and resources. We will give 100% of our best effort but we humbly ask for patience.<br /><br /> Updated details will be expressed weekly. Each Friday I will post on www.pcg.org as well as send emails to the General Board in an effort to maintain constant communication. I have had to be silent on specific information up to this point but praise God, that is changing soon!<br /><br /> I appreciate the opportunity to connect and communicate.<br /><br /> I look forward to seeing many of you in November.<br /><br /> Serving You For Him,<br /> Charles Scott<br /> General Bishophttp://pcgeye2eye.net/2011/08/relocation-update.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (PCG Blogs)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5755618024908380510.post-3952040770694660341Wed, 17 Aug 2011 02:58:00 +00002011-09-01T23:08:45.143-05:00St. John’s Mercy Reveals Site of New Hospital<big><strong><em>Committing nearly $1 billion to health of Joplin in next two years</em></strong></big><br /> <br /> <div style="-moz-border-radius: 6px; -moz-box-shadow: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.1) 2px 2px 5px; -webkit-border-radius: 6px; -webkit-box-shadow: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.1) 2px 2px 5px; border-radius: 6px; border: 1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204); box-shadow: 2px 2px 5px rgba(0,0,0,0.1); color: #006c9b; float: right; font-size: 0.85em; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 10px; padding: 10px; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-i9b-5o1ZicY/TmBWCf7WdxI/AAAAAAAAAK8/XgXwV50CmqA/s1600/NewMercyHospital.jpg"><img alt="" height="184" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-i9b-5o1ZicY/TmBWCf7WdxI/AAAAAAAAAK8/XgXwV50CmqA/s320/NewMercyHospital.jpg" title="" width="250" /></a><br /> The new hospital (above) will be located<br /> three miles from the St. John's campus<br /> in Joplin.<br /> <img alt="" height="167" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-I5XLKl7chiY/TmBWHG2DydI/AAAAAAAAALA/Wf2is05l3U0/s1600/mercysite.png" title="" width="250" /></div> <strong>Joplin, Mo</strong>. – <small>[From Mercy <a href="http://www.mercy.net/2011-08-16/st-john-s-mercy-reveals-site-of-new-hospital">Press Release</a>]</small><br /> Mercy announced plans Tuesday night to build a <nobr>state-</nobr><nobr>of-</nobr><nobr>the-</nobr>art hospital in Joplin, at I-44 and Main <nobr>Street –</nobr> along with plans to build additional health care services elsewhere in Joplin. In total, Mercy’s commitment to Joplin will include upwards of $950 <nobr>million –</nobr> something unheard of in most communities today.<br /> <br /> “We are making this commitment because it’s the right thing to do for Joplin,” said Lynn Britton, president and CEO of Mercy which includes 28 hospitals and more than 200 outpatient facilities in a seven-state area. “The May 22 tornado devastated our community here in Joplin and destroyed our hospital but we’ve promised all along we would rebuild. We plan to break ground January 2012 and open the new hospital, as well as a secondary northeast campus, in 2014.”<br /> <br /> Committed to the community since 1885 when the Sisters of Mercy first provided much needed health care to local miners, those efforts continue today, as evidenced by:<br /> <ul> <li>An integrated electronic health record that preserved sensitive patient information and was instantly available after the tornado </li> <li>A 60-bed field hospital, a tent-like structure, up and running within one week of tornado </li> <li>A transition currently underway to a hard-sided modular facility as field hospital comes down </li> <li>A component hospital by spring 2012 which allows St. John’s Mercy to regain its Level II Trauma Center designation </li> <li>A promise to keep all Joplin co-workers on the Mercy payroll </li> </ul> “There was never a thought to close down and walk away,” said Gary Pulsipher, president of St. John’s Mercy. “In fact, Mercy immediately pledged to keep more than 2,000 St. John’s Mercy co-workers employed. That’s the kind of commitment that makes me proud to be Mercy.”<br /> <br /> Theresa Ukena is living proof of that commitment. Ukena worked in the finance department at St. John’s in Joplin. Today, she and five other co-workers carpool two hours each day to Mercy Hospital in Fort Scott, Kan.<br /> <br /> “I am blessed to have a job and blessed to be paid,” said Ukena. “I could have been let go on the spot but I wasn’t. Everyone here at Mercy in Fort Scott has made me feel so welcome. They treat me like family.”<br /> <br /> With the announcement of plans for a new hospital, hundreds of co-workers like Ukena have the assurance they will eventually be working together again in Joplin.<br /> <br /> As a part of the new plans underway, Mercy will rebuild with 327 inpatient beds to support the region, and a planned expansion up to 424 beds. Plans include medical surgical, critical care, women’s/children’s (labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum rooms), behavioral health and rehab. This new footprint in Joplin will allow Mercy to deliver health care in a new way.<br /> <br /> “By rebuilding our hospital, our schools and our community in Joplin, we rise out of the debris and look to the future, setting in motion a new Joplin landscape and economic recovery,” said Britton. “We will find innovative ways to serve Joplin and continue to provide compassionate, patient-centered care.”<br /> <br /> <small><em>Mercy – Sisters of Mercy Health System – is the eighth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves more than 3 million people annually. Mercy includes 28 hospitals, more than 200 outpatient facilities, 38,000 co-workers and 1,500 integrated physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. For more about Mercy, visit <a href="http://www.mercy.net/" saprocessedanchor="true" target="_blank"><em>www.mercy.net</em></a>.</em></small>http://pcgeye2eye.net/2011/08/st-johns-mercy-reveals-site-of-new.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (PCG Blogs)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5755618024908380510.post-2348791111004504987Thu, 07 Jul 2011 06:21:00 +00002011-08-17T02:00:53.087-05:00Chaplain Jason Blake Memorial Service<img src='http://pcgnow.org/images/jason_blake_thumb.jpg' style='float:right; margin-left:10px;' />Army Chaplain Jason B. Blake passed away during the evening of Wednesday, June 29th just after attending the 2011 General Convention of the Pentecostal Church of God.<br><br> Funeral services were held at 9:30AM on Wednesday, July 6 at Crossroads of Life Assembly of God, Duncanville, TX (<a href='http://www.colag.org'>www.colag.org</a>), with burial following in DFW National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Pkwy, Dallas, TX.<br><br> The Pentecostal Church of God Chaplains Commission has promoted a memorial scholarship fund in honor of Chaplain Blake and his great passion for Messenger College. This scholarship will be granted to a student of Messenger College who is interested in pursuing the field of Chaplaincy.<br><br> If you would like to make a contribution to this scholarship, please make a check payable to Messenger College and designate "Chaplain Blake Scholarship" on the memo line. Contributions may be mailed to Messenger College, 300 E 50th Street, Joplin, MO 64804.<br><br> Internet links referencing Chaplain Blake:<ul><li><a href='http://www.khou.com/news/fort-hood-church-service-sunday-69567222.html'>News story from the Fort Hood massacre</a></li> <li><a href='http://www.samandannchacko.com/2011/07/jason-blake-october-24-1976-june-29.html'>A tribute written by seminary roommate Sam Chacko</a></li> <li><a href='http://www.myspace.com/30637966/blog/92882568'>A letter Chaplain Blake wrote to the family of a fallen soldier</a></li> </ul>http://pcgeye2eye.net/2011/07/chaplain-jason-blake-memorial-service.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (PCG Blogs)1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5755618024908380510.post-5526003375779067782Fri, 27 May 2011 09:24:00 +00002011-05-27T04:24:45.556-05:00After the Tornado - Day Three Pics<b>Photos and text by John Mallinak</b><br><br> I have attached more photos of another part of town, Rangeline Road. It is a major commercial district.<br><br>I understand that many people were killed at Home Depot and many were injured or killed at the Rangeline Wal-Mart. Photos of both these places are in this group as well as photos of other places along this busy street.<br><br> Between these pics and the ones posted earlier this week, you will have seen just over 1/2 of the destruction.<br><br> FEMA upgraded the tornado to an F5 (strongest category) and says 8,000 structures (including individual apartments) have been destroyed or compromised in the Joplin area. FEMA now says that this is the 8th worst tornado disaster.<br><br> <!-- [image]<br>&nbsp;<br> <br>These first two are of the hospital--St. John's--that was featured on TV from the west.<br>These views are from the east and from a few blocks north.<br><br> [image]<br>&nbsp;<br> --> <img height="354" alt="Cunningham Park Pool, just north of St John's" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-cn2EFSvgbIk/Td9pzVILIRI/AAAAAAAAAJc/WTMEOmEfx_I/s640/CunninghamParkPoolJustNorthofStJohns.jpg" width="640" /><br>&nbsp;<br> <img height="480" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-5iMT2AI_kLU/Td9pz2Ug4YI/AAAAAAAAAJg/b6Zk3xxTo0c/s640/Picture+030.jpg" width="640" /><br>&nbsp;<br> <img height="480" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-XO-v8LBB6sE/Td9p0NkY-nI/AAAAAAAAAJk/LEx6KW09mNM/s640/Picture+033.jpg" width="640" /><br>&nbsp;<br> <img height="480" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-e7IPK0TXhFg/Td9p0hxMMPI/AAAAAAAAAJo/zO5b6LsFZps/s640/Picture+040.jpg" width="640" /><br>&nbsp;<br> <img height="480" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-SqFGxTUU_zs/Td9p1Lylt5I/AAAAAAAAAJs/cmUTQ4KcXh0/s640/Picture+044.jpg" width="640" /><br>&nbsp;<br> <img height="480" alt="Home Depot" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-0OmAvkMJKdM/Td9p1VjsAdI/AAAAAAAAAJw/ciY_Uxekji8/s640/Picture+047HomeDepot.jpg" width="640" /><br>&nbsp;<br> <img height="480" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-qfe12J5kvG4/Td9p1hnz1XI/AAAAAAAAAJ0/zPXQAvP8Xeo/s640/Picture+064.jpg" width="640" /><br>&nbsp;<br> <img height="480" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-DznQ4PAjpTQ/Td9p2BvokaI/AAAAAAAAAJ4/w5VOgTGNodM/s640/Picture+065.jpg" width="640" /><br>&nbsp;<br> <img height="480" alt="Walmart" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-001Wcsu3Zsc/Td9p2bceAgI/AAAAAAAAAJ8/bmZv3ZxshMs/s640/Picture+068WalMarta.jpg" width="640" /><br>&nbsp;<br> <img height="480" alt="Walmart" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-hvuOVgKnlBE/Td9p27SUYTI/AAAAAAAAAKA/is9QKvQImKE/s640/Picture+069WalMartb.jpg" width="640" /><br>&nbsp;<br> <img height="308" alt="Damage on South Main street" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-3bmn7EF3QJI/Td9p3Ht27iI/AAAAAAAAAKE/yQqZnfeK-Ms/s640/SouthMainStreetDamage01.jpg" width="640" /><br>&nbsp;<br> <img height="292" alt="Damage on South Main street" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-LPeyBRbNkz0/Td9p3TuotZI/AAAAAAAAAKI/z5bwpF3zNDg/s640/SouthMainStreetDamage02.jpg" width="640" /><br>&nbsp;<br> <img height="480" alt="Damage on South Main street, looking west" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-zn6FagtIegE/Td9p4NacdxI/AAAAAAAAAKM/FZ_YKSXUoOg/s640/SouthMainStreetDamage03lookingwest.jpg" width="640" /><br>&nbsp;<br> <img height="480" alt="Damage on South Main street" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-FxrK_3GNLeA/Td9p4hkYIzI/AAAAAAAAAKQ/97VTbpHw63g/s640/SouthMainStreetDamage04.jpg" width="640" /><br>&nbsp;<br> <img height="326" alt="Damage on South Main street" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-b2op0PcfkZg/Td9p5KGS-lI/AAAAAAAAAKU/qxrn4KmH2MA/s640/SouthMainStreetDamage05.jpg" width="640" /><br>&nbsp;<br> <img height="362" alt="Damage on South Main street" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/--UUjlrXEFao/Td9p5jEI4AI/AAAAAAAAAKY/4qUyOQuVtc8/s640/SouthMainStreetDamage06.jpg" width="640" /><br>&nbsp;<br> <img height="480" alt="Damage on South Main street" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-xBROCJnqsIY/Td9p6Kb7H4I/AAAAAAAAAKc/Lq6jVlHGMHQ/s640/SouthMainStreetDamage07.jpg" width="640" /><br>&nbsp;<br> <img height="396" alt="Damage on South Main street" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-NYyYKsXlf9c/Td9p6cKCd9I/AAAAAAAAAKg/-LFBc0kymDY/s640/SouthMainStreetDamage08.jpg" width="640" /><br>&nbsp;<br> <img height="404" alt="Damage on South Main street" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-y2YmJM3Zdhs/Td9p6kApn6I/AAAAAAAAAKk/W0flTfJio10/s640/SouthMainStreetDamage09.jpg" width="640" /><br>&nbsp;<br> <img height="480" alt="Damage on South Main street" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-LEF_kQMQ7P0/Td9p7IoNIBI/AAAAAAAAAKo/fYMj3XjA9bk/s640/SouthMainStreetDamage10.jpg" width="640" />http://pcgeye2eye.net/2011/05/after-tornado-day-three-pics.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (PCG Blogs)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5755618024908380510.post-4950573288117853189Wed, 25 May 2011 16:24:00 +00002011-05-25T11:24:51.250-05:00After the Tornado - PCG Disaster Response<b>Photos and text by John Mallinak</b><br><br> PCG National Missions Director Andy Hunt mustered six disaster response teams from around the nation to come and assist in the Joplin tornado relief efforts.<br><br>Here, Hunt is scheduling each teams' duties for the day.<br><br> <img alt="National Missions Director Andy Hunt schedules the disaster response teams' duties for the day." src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-X6oZKi8FYYU/Td0XSAYAnKI/AAAAAAAAAI0/CVsuFMD4zhk/s640/andyhunt.jpg" width="640" /><br>&nbsp;<br> <br />Here's a pic of one of the PCG National Missions Disaster Response Trailers. This particular trailer belongs to Unit Seven.<br><br> <img alt='The Unit 7 disaster response trailer' src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-jHUwhIWtv68/Td0XWQXkneI/AAAAAAAAAJY/Kx-qk8viDs8/s640/unit7trailer.jpg" width="640" /><br>&nbsp;<br><br /> <br />Disaster Response Unit Two deploys for the day from the campus of Messenger College.<br><br> <img alt="Unit Two deployes." src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-HmDQmUgU1sw/Td0XVxiPK5I/AAAAAAAAAJU/S5SunUMMlMU/s640/unit_two_deployes.jpg" width="640" /><br>&nbsp;<br> <img alt="The Messenger College facilities are being used to house and assist displaced families and also to coordinate disaster relief efforts." src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-axkXuGlF09I/Td0XVb0E-wI/AAAAAAAAAJQ/BxN89b9AVwU/s640/teams_staged_from_MC.jpg" width="640" /><br>&nbsp;<br> <br />PCG National Youth Ministries Director Joe Skiles gives water to a family.<br><br> <img alt="Youth Ministries Director Joe Skiles gives water to a family." src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-5EE5b5ixpRE/Td0XTB-CXrI/AAAAAAAAAI8/nDRu6A1ICNQ/s640/joe_skiles_gives_water_to_family.jpg" width="640" /><br>&nbsp;<br><br /> These were taken at ChristPointe Church (PCG) at 23rd and Annie Baxter, just a few blocks NE of the hospital.<br>This is the site of one of the neighborhood feeding stations as well as a worksite.<br><br> <img src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-FpbyfyiyYZc/Td0XShNFY8I/AAAAAAAAAI4/i68-J4tqC4o/s640/ChristpointChurch23rdandAnnieBaxterPreparingFood+copy.jpg" width="640" /><br>&nbsp;<br><br /> <img src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-DWQ-Ky5rZDg/Td0XTVDMprI/AAAAAAAAAJA/yGTp41Y6qm8/s640/National+Missions+and+Student+Crew+on+at+23+and+Annie+Baxter+copy.jpg" width="640" /><br>&nbsp;<br><br /> Another crew in central Joplin working at the hope of a Pentecostal Church of God HQ employee who is recovering from a hospital stay. He is Ok and his house is livable.<br><br><a href='http://pcgeye2eye.net/2011/05/after-tornado-day-two-pics.html'>My other post</a> has some unreal pics of what it looks like just north of here, which is just south of the high school site.<br><br> <img src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-lASbrEpy9xw/Td0XT6O459I/AAAAAAAAAJE/blixnym_tfM/s640/National+Missions+and+Student+Crew+on+Iowa+Street01+copy.jpg" width="640" /><br>&nbsp;<br><br /> <img src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-0tJ47T24gvE/Td0XUYQqvSI/AAAAAAAAAJI/rJIcSZ9kSWQ/s640/National+Missions+and+Student+Crew+on+Iowa+Street02+copy.jpg" width="640" /><br>&nbsp;<br><br /> One of our feeding stations is set up in the middle of the devastation between the high school and Iowa street.<br><br>Here, Pastor Joe Skiles, of Solid Rock in Jefferson City, is manning the grill.<br><br> <img src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ZVSJlB-EGQs/Td0XU11d86I/AAAAAAAAAJM/CJzqFGQh7xc/s640/PastorJoeGSkilesatFeedingStationSouthofHighSchool+copy.jpg" width="640" />http://pcgeye2eye.net/2011/05/after-tornado-pcg-disaster-response.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (PCG Blogs)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5755618024908380510.post-8486013732990150028Wed, 25 May 2011 12:08:00 +00002011-05-25T11:38:56.940-05:00After the Tornado - Day Two Pics<b>Photos and text by John Mallinak</b><br><br> Here is video taken while driving along 26th street, looking north.<br><br> <iframe width="640" height="480" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ZG5cMP1x7g8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> <br>&nbsp;<br> <img border="0" alt='The view from inside my car' src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ItdAT-neJzc/TdztWu03lgI/AAAAAAAAAIw/saUSoPCQwOY/s640/view_from_inside_car.jpg" width="640" /><br>&nbsp;<br> <br>These two pictures are of the hospital--St. John's--that was featured on TV from the west.<br>These views are from the east and from a few blocks north.<br><br> <img border="0" alt="St John's hospital, looking from the east" height="478" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-dUQ2Ew9SXPg/TdztVQaBrpI/AAAAAAAAAIo/L4T9LyrMh5Q/s640/stjohnsfromeast+copy.jpg" width="640" /><br>&nbsp;<br> <img border="0" alt="St John's hostpital, from the north at 23rd and Annie Baxter" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-JtRhV8IsWRg/TdztV4sRmQI/AAAAAAAAAIs/Z9gZIRtlomA/s640/stjohnsfromNortha23rdandAnnieBaxter.jpg" width="640" /><br>&nbsp;<br> <br>Here are a few pictures from 26th street, looking east. <br><br> <img border="0" alt='26th street, looking east' src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-eXiYGOKOlwE/TdztNNRgYaI/AAAAAAAAAHg/gXM1iqSFeRg/s640/26thStreetLookingEast01+copy.jpg" width="640" /><br>&nbsp;<br> <img border="0" alt='26th street, looking east' src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-nw4laO5gfAM/TdztNYWe1-I/AAAAAAAAAHk/t4BNTNDqJhk/s640/26thStreetLookingEast02+copy.jpg" width="640" /><br>&nbsp;<br> <img border="0" alt='26th street, looking east' src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-5zS0auQ56o8/TdztN7hLdaI/AAAAAAAAAHo/gXfM3M2mdU8/s640/26thStreetLookingEast03+copy.jpg" width="640" /><br>&nbsp;<br> <img border="0" alt='26th street, looking east' src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-3pmb7MBvtrk/TdztOQbpzYI/AAAAAAAAAHs/MnlO_o1o1Kk/s640/26thStreetLookingEast04+copy.jpg" width="640" /><br>&nbsp;<br> <br>These were taken at ChristPointe Church (PCG) at 23rd and Annie Baxter, just a few blocks NE of the hospital.<br>This is the site of one of the neighborhood feeding stations as well as a worksite. <br><br> <img border="0" alt='ChristPoint Church, 23rd and Annie Baxter, alley to the south' src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-vYwGImIF4hE/TdztO5xOteI/AAAAAAAAAHw/YpD_gpLca7Q/s1600/ChristpointChurch23rdandAnnieBaxterAlleytoSouth+copy.jpg" width="640" /><br>&nbsp;<br> <img border="0" alt='ChristPoint Church, 23rd and Annie Baxter' src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-e9xFU6P7Xqg/TdztPWkS2LI/AAAAAAAAAH0/kQGPWu0c8yU/s640/ChristpointChurch23rdandAnnieBaxterDamage01+copy.jpg" width="640" /><br>&nbsp;<br> <img border="0" alt='ChristPoint Church, 23rd and Annie Baxter' src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-UksSuEmFRfY/TdztP0Uh-7I/AAAAAAAAAH4/AFfJlLZO7UQ/s640/ChristpointChurch23rdandAnnieBaxterDamage03+copy.jpg" width="640" /><br>&nbsp;<br> <br>These were taken just north of where a PCG Disaster Relief crew is working on Iowa and just south of the site of the high school. <br><br> <img border="0" alt='Debris in a tree' src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-GNCkKuA23TQ/TdztQCzDQEI/AAAAAAAAAH8/N1vPYd3Kc6g/s640/DebrisInATree+copy.jpg" width="640" /><br>&nbsp;<br> <img border="0" alt='Barkyard and bedroom of a damanged house' src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-U0XjZ_faeF8/TdztQsdIGiI/AAAAAAAAAIA/Pz2rUEhkDfs/s640/FormerBedroomFormerHouseBackyard+copy.jpg" width="640" /><br>&nbsp;<br> <img border="0" alt='Bedroom of a house near the high school' src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-bbgXIGLY-2k/TdztRC4YyQI/AAAAAAAAAIE/z2oUaRCpdsw/s640/FormerBedroomInFormerHouseNearHS+copy.jpg" width="640" /><br>&nbsp;<br> <img border="0" alt='Near the high school, looking north' src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-m5Nnq7c3NEs/TdztRsxgxnI/AAAAAAAAAII/dE_MgBUdYgM/s640/Near+Site+of+High+School+Looking+North+copy.jpg" width="640" /><br>&nbsp;<br> <br>These were taken between the hospital and the church in just a few blocks.<br>There are still power lines down and live wires wrapped up in trees.<br>The fourth pic shows another view of St Johns from the north. <br><br> <img border="0" alt='North of 26th street' src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-2pVz3cB6_aU/TdztSN03oUI/AAAAAAAAAIM/Lp9KoQmXR7U/s640/Northof26thStreet01+copy.jpg" width="640" /><br>&nbsp;<br> <img border="0" alt='North of 26th street' src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-QLwXVbkLBnw/TdztSh2nDnI/AAAAAAAAAIQ/VJl4cFD9aD0/s640/Northof26thStreet02+copy.jpg" width="640" /><br>&nbsp;<br> <img border="0" alt='North of 26th street' src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-6_e3kxA8nmw/TdztTGTlFdI/AAAAAAAAAIU/ok8IpO35y0Q/s640/Northof26thStreet03+copy.jpg" width="640" /><br>&nbsp;<br> <img border="0" alt='North of 26th street' src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-mKQQEc0tCWU/TdztToR3YyI/AAAAAAAAAIY/is8dubt8UP0/s640/Northof26thStreet04+copy.jpg" width="640" /><br>&nbsp;<br> <img border="0"alt='North of 26th street' src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-kQW95OU8AbY/TdztTxcmEFI/AAAAAAAAAIc/8SvLqvyGR9Q/s640/Northof26thStreet05+copy.jpg" width="640" /><br>&nbsp;<br> <img border="0" alt='North of 26th street' src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/--UzqwPjCxIQ/TdztUZT4ELI/AAAAAAAAAIg/SxxiqvN2dio/s640/Northof26thStreet06+copy.jpg" width="640" /><br>&nbsp;<br> <img border="0" alt='North of 26th street' src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-m0tQ0433Vuo/TdztU4ncB2I/AAAAAAAAAIk/AzFDQXx3jn0/s640/Northof26thStreet07+copy.jpg" width="640" /><br>&nbsp;<br> <br>Here are photos taken during a ride from 26 and McClelland and 26 and Main and then to the east of main. <br><br> <img border="0" alt='26 and main looking north.' src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-H5hlFESL-Qw/TdztIybmrWI/AAAAAAAAAHA/CRlUsD7-l-I/s640/26andMainLookingNorth+copy.jpg" width="640" /><br>&nbsp;<br> <img border="0" alt='26th street, driving east' src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-xrrdom_pHlc/TdztJqMFeCI/AAAAAAAAAHE/dCDdpyvS3EQ/s640/26thStreetDrivingEast01+copy.jpg" width="640" /><br>&nbsp;<br> <img border="0" alt='26th street, driving east, power grid station' src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-1KR9F1SDzaM/TdztKvLfGMI/AAAAAAAAAHM/6iS2tD_BXGY/s640/26thStreetDrivingEast03powergridstation+copy.jpg" width="640" /><br>&nbsp;<br> <img border="0" alt='26th street, driving east, elementary school' src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-PZ5eGSOnEjQ/TdztLMcr5II/AAAAAAAAAHQ/FXJEDsJOYHc/s640/26thStreetDrivingEast04elementaryschool+copy.jpg" width="640" /><br>&nbsp;<br> <img border="0" alt='26th street, driving east' src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-xC1xihJ6csA/TdztLu6x7QI/AAAAAAAAAHU/q2qULIwN10M/s640/26thStreetDrivingEast05+copy.jpg" width="640" /><br>&nbsp;<br> <img border="0" alt='26th street, driving east' src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-xGdovdaWOPs/TdztMJgr-PI/AAAAAAAAAHY/IcZ965aYpBo/s640/26thStreetDrivingEast07+copy.jpg" width="640" /><br>&nbsp;<br> <img border="0" alt='26th and main' src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-T4jeVJJhYJY/TdztMj52A1I/AAAAAAAAAHc/diCrGnGsTow/s640/26thStreetDrivingEast0826thandMain+copy.jpg" width="640" />http://pcgeye2eye.net/2011/05/after-tornado-day-two-pics.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (PCG Blogs)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5755618024908380510.post-6563516648057506041Tue, 24 May 2011 02:25:00 +00002011-05-23T21:25:53.318-05:00Status of Messenger College Staff and Students<b>Daniel/Rhonda Davis</b> (MC president)<br />Home okay, and safe.<br /><br /><b>Aaron Wilson</b> (messenger college staff)<br />Home okay, and safe.<br /><br /><b>All other MC staff</b><br />Home okay, and safe.<br /><br /><b>Sebastian Husacek</b> (Student from Michigan)<br /><font color='maroon'>Home lost</font>, but safe.<br /><br /><b>All other students</b> that were in this area are safe.http://pcgeye2eye.net/2011/05/status-of-messenger-college-staff-and.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (PCG Blogs)1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5755618024908380510.post-2875563702311571237Tue, 24 May 2011 02:20:00 +00002011-05-23T21:20:40.984-05:00Status of PCG Headquarters StaffThe following staff were directly affected by the Tornado:<br /><br />Don C/Naomi Burke (Indian missions)- <font color='maroon'>home lost</font>, but safe <br />Gabriel Espinoza (business manager)-<font color='maroon'>home lost</font>, but safe <br />Larry Younger (accounting)-<font color='maroon'>home damaged</font>, but safe <br /><br /><br />All of the following report that their homes are okay and they are safe:<br /><br />Boyd Crook (ministry resources)<br />Nelda Burke (Indian missions) <br />Charles/Janice Scott (general bishop) <br />Joe/Teena Skiles (youth) <br />Wayman/Kimberly Ming (general secretary) <br />Andy Hunt (national missions)- now has disaster relief teams on the ground <br />Sarah Smith (national missions)<br />Loyd/Trisha Naten (world missions) <br />Rebecca Bogle (women's ministry) <br />Judy Glisson and Catlin (shipping) <br />Joann Hustell (ministry resources) <br />Dana Wood (ministry resources) <br />Randy Lawrence (youth) <br />Elisa Johnson (youth) <br />Stacie Yearton (secretary office) <br />Lorin/Donna Chester (world missions) <br />Rene Shute (world missions) <br />Jason Owen (accounting) <br />Crystal Stockton (accounting) <br />Brian Ramos (mph) <br />John Mallinak (mph) <br />Don/Peggy Allen (IT) <br />Cindy Oakes (IT) <br />Tammy Hackworth (receptionist) <br /><br /><br /><i>Note: Some of the homes above have had minor damage but for the most part they are okay. Many extended families of those on this list have been hard hit by this event.</i>http://pcgeye2eye.net/2011/05/status-of-pcg-headquarters-staff.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (PCG Blogs)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5755618024908380510.post-6207512950275831427Tue, 24 May 2011 02:10:00 +00002011-05-23T21:10:51.343-05:00Status of the Four PCG Churches in JoplinThe PCG Headquarters and Messenger College buildings have no damage.<br /><br /><b>Joplin Family Worship Center</b><br />The church is okay, but some families lost their homes.<br /><br /><b>Oasis</b><br />The church is okay, but some families lost their homes.<br /><br /><b>Christ Point</b><br />The church is severely damaged, and families lost their homes, but everyone is safe.<br /><br /><b>New Life (Neosho)</b><br />The church is okay, and everyone is safe.http://pcgeye2eye.net/2011/05/status-of-four-pcg-churches-in-joplin.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (PCG Blogs)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5755618024908380510.post-5850398434565383102Tue, 24 May 2011 00:29:00 +00002011-05-23T19:29:02.649-05:00After the Tornado - Day OneThe PCG Headquarters and college buildings were spared physical damage, but electrical power is intermittent, and internet and email are inaccessible from anything but a cell phone.<br /><br />The headquarters will remain closed until further notice, both due to the power and connectivity issues and also because of staff members who lost everything.<br /><br />PCG staff are mostly communicating with cell phones.<br /><br />Please bear with us – we are trying to relay as much accurate information as we can, in spite of limited internet accessibility.<br /><br />For the latest PCG news, please monitor the following:<ul><li><a href="http://pcgnow.org/">PCGNow.org</a> (a partial backup of pcg.org)</li><li><a href="https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1819042369">The PCG Messenger facebook account</a></li><li><a href="https://twitter.com/#!/pcgmessenger">The PCG Messenger twitter account</a></li><li><a href="http://pcgeye2eye.net/">PCGEye2eye.net</a></li></ul><br />We will be posting videos and photos as we can.<br /><br /><b>Disaster Relief</b><br />National Missions Director Andy Hunt is mobilizing a total of six emergency response crews from around the nation. The first setup group was on scene at 3pm CDT, and the 2nd wave was expected to arrive by 6pm CDT.<br /><br />We urge everyone who would like to be a part to call 417-388-2370. Please do NOT just come. We have logistics to work through in organizing the teams. This will be a long process of recovery, and we need to work in waves.<br /><br /><b>Donations</b><br />The PCG Headquarters have been receiving donations and will gladly accept any and all items. Some items needed are:<ul><li>Tarps</li><li>Blankets</li><li>Gloves</li><li>Batteries</li><li>Toiletries</li><li>Water</li></ul><br /><b>Our PCG Family</b><br />Thank you for the huge response from all over the world. Our PCG family is really rallying together during this tragic event.<br /><br />This will be a long road ahead of us, but we at the PCG headquarters know that our PCG family is out there praying.<br /><br />Again, we are trying to keep information flowing. Visit pcgnow.org for all news. Your prayers are coveted.http://pcgeye2eye.net/2011/05/after-tornado-day-one_23.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (PCG Blogs)2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5755618024908380510.post-8976426875790448365Mon, 14 Feb 2011 15:35:00 +00002011-02-14T09:35:42.319-06:00Photos From the Bishop's Conference<table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-wP1IU-a_HGg/TVlGR_r76lI/AAAAAAAAAEo/KAEKEmNmfVw/s1600/Attendees+at+hotel.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="300" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-wP1IU-a_HGg/TVlGR_r76lI/AAAAAAAAAEo/KAEKEmNmfVw/s400/Attendees+at+hotel.jpg" width="400" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Attendees at the Hotel</td></tr></tbody></table><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-a24vS5kuZ5A/TVlGTG7f0qI/AAAAAAAAAEs/lgjzPusbfCg/s1600/Attendees+at+hotel2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="300" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-a24vS5kuZ5A/TVlGTG7f0qI/AAAAAAAAAEs/lgjzPusbfCg/s400/Attendees+at+hotel2.jpg" width="400" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Another Photo of the&nbsp;Attendees at the Hotel</td></tr></tbody></table><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-OxS4DMKY1fo/TVlGaP50g3I/AAAAAAAAAEw/P2HIX01e4nA/s1600/Attendees+outside+of+New+Life+Church.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="300" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-OxS4DMKY1fo/TVlGaP50g3I/AAAAAAAAAEw/P2HIX01e4nA/s400/Attendees+outside+of+New+Life+Church.jpg" width="400" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Attendees Outside of New Life Church</td></tr></tbody></table><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-VwycsgfTKxs/TVlGebR4YpI/AAAAAAAAAE0/LceCAgCQyCM/s1600/Bishop+Ron+Carpenter+and+Bishop+Scott.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="277" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-VwycsgfTKxs/TVlGebR4YpI/AAAAAAAAAE0/LceCAgCQyCM/s400/Bishop+Ron+Carpenter+and+Bishop+Scott.jpg" width="400" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Bishop Ron Carpenter and Bishop Scott</td></tr></tbody></table><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-RZtazyXVpXA/TVlGil-ST1I/AAAAAAAAAE4/q1uulOIe6gs/s1600/Bus+ride+to+site+visits.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="297" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-RZtazyXVpXA/TVlGil-ST1I/AAAAAAAAAE4/q1uulOIe6gs/s400/Bus+ride+to+site+visits.jpg" width="400" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Riding the Bus to Site Visits</td></tr></tbody></table><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Bx4NphuK54E/TVlGqTWotiI/AAAAAAAAAE8/TW9xZtrd3CQ/s1600/fellowship+at+dinner.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="300" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Bx4NphuK54E/TVlGqTWotiI/AAAAAAAAAE8/TW9xZtrd3CQ/s400/fellowship+at+dinner.jpg" width="400" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Fellowship at Dinner</td></tr></tbody></table>http://pcgeye2eye.net/2011/02/photos-from-bishops-conference.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (PCG Blogs)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5755618024908380510.post-3658855221278958030Thu, 02 Sep 2010 01:05:00 +00002010-09-01T20:09:21.550-05:00On October 3, Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem and Help Feed Israel's Poor<div class="gmail_quote"><div lang="EN-US" link="blue" vlink="purple"><div><table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="600" style="width:6.25in"><tbody><tr><td colspan="2" style="padding:0in 0in 0in 0in"><img width="600" height="63" src="http://bulkemail.eagleswings.to/bulkemail/jerusalemupdate/2010/FeedIsrael01.gif" alt="Feeding the Poor in Israel" style='border:0;'></td></tr><tr><td width="421" valign="top" style="width:315.75pt;padding:0in 0in 0in 0in"><a href="http://www.daytopray.com" target="_blank"><img border="0" width="255" height="62" src="http://bulkemail.eagleswings.to/bulkemail/jerusalemupdate/2010/FeedIsrael02.gif" alt="The Day of Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem" style='border:0px solid white;'></a><br /><br /><b><font size="6" color="#660000"><span style="font-size:24.0pt;color:#660000;font-weight:bold">The Goal: </span><span style="font-size:18.0pt;color:#660000;font-weight:bold">To feed 1,000 families over the High Holy Days.</span></font></b><br /><br />Join us as we help feed the needy in Israel. Through this initiative, all citizens of Israel who are suffering in poverty can receive assistance and food.<br /><br /><b><font color="#660000"><span style="color:#660000;font-weight:bold">The People Being Served<br /></span></font></b>&bull; Over 1,651,300 Israeli citizens live in poverty.<br />&bull; Many are children who lack even 1 hot meal a day.<br />&bull; Many are elderly Holocaust survivors who can&#39;t afford basic groceries, or are too ill to care for themselves.<br />&bull; Some are new immigrants with almost no money; some escaping extreme persecution and poverty with only the clothes on their backs.<br /><div align="center"><table border="0" cellspacing="20" cellpadding="0"><tbody><tr><td style="padding:0in 0in 0in 0in"><b><i><font size="4" color="#666666" face="Times New Roman"><span style="font-size:13.5pt;color:#666666;font-weight:bold;font-style:italic">Make an online<br />donation today!</span></font></i></b></td><td style="padding:0in 0in 0in 0in"><a href="http://www.daytopray.com/feedisrael.aspx" target="_blank"><img border="0" width="185" height="37" src="http://bulkemail.eagleswings.to/bulkemail/jerusalemupdate/2010/FeedIsrael03.gif" alt="Click here to donate" style='border:0px solid white;'></a></td></tr></tbody></table></div><div style="text-align:center"><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><img border="0" width="360" height="250" src="http://bulkemail.eagleswings.to/bulkemail/jerusalemupdate/2010/FeedIsrael04.gif" alt="Faith + Works = Change" style='border:0px solid white;'><br /><br /></span></font><b><font size="5" color="#666666"><span style="font-size:18.0pt;color:#666666;font-weight:bold">Be the answer to your prayers,<br /></span></font><i><font size="5" color="#660000"><span style="font-size:18.0pt;color:#660000;font-weight:bold;font-style:italic">one meal at a time.<br /><br /></span></font></i></b><font size="4"><span style="font-size:13.5pt">Visit us online at <a href="http://www.daytopray.com/feedisrael.aspx" target="_blank"> www.daytopray.com/feedisrael.aspx</a></span></font></div><div align="center"><table border="0" cellspacing="20" cellpadding="0"><tbody><tr><td style="padding:0in 0in 0in 0in"><b><i><font size="4" color="#666666" face="Times New Roman"><span style="font-size:13.5pt;color:#666666;font-weight:bold;font-style:italic">Make an online<br />donation today!</span></font></i></b></td><td style="padding:0in 0in 0in 0in"><a href="http://www.daytopray.com/feedisrael.aspx" target="_blank"><img border="0" width="185" height="37" src="http://bulkemail.eagleswings.to/bulkemail/jerusalemupdate/2010/FeedIsrael03.gif" alt="Click here to donate" style='border:0px solid white;'></a></td></tr></tbody></table></div></td><td width="179" valign="top" style="width:134.25pt;padding:0in 0in 0in 0in"><img border="0" width="179" height="203" src="http://bulkemail.eagleswings.to/bulkemail/jerusalemupdate/2010/FeedIsrael05.jpg" style='border:0px solid white;'><br /><img border="0" width="179" height="146" src="http://bulkemail.eagleswings.to/bulkemail/jerusalemupdate/2010/FeedIsrael06.jpg" style='border:0px solid white;'><br /><img border="0" width="179" height="118" src="http://bulkemail.eagleswings.to/bulkemail/jerusalemupdate/2010/FeedIsrael07.jpg" style='border:0px solid white;'><br /><img border="0" width="179" height="186" src="http://bulkemail.eagleswings.to/bulkemail/jerusalemupdate/2010/FeedIsrael08.jpg" style='border:0px solid white;'><br /><img border="0" width="179" height="250" src="http://bulkemail.eagleswings.to/bulkemail/jerusalemupdate/2010/FeedIsrael09.jpg" style='border:0px solid white;'></td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" style="padding:0in 0in 0in 0in"><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><img border="0" width="600" height="7" src="http://bulkemail.eagleswings.to/bulkemail/jerusalemupdate/2010/FeedIsrael10.gif" style='border:0px solid white;'></span></font></td></tr></tbody></table></div></div></div>http://pcgeye2eye.net/2010/09/on-october-3-pray-for-peace-of.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (PCG Blogs)0